Category Archives: Awards and Exhibits

A Most Songful Stream!

The first picture was the reference photo used to paint ‘A Most Songful Stream’. The location is one of the most visited places in Yosemite National Park, so painting en plein air was out of the question at this spot. Too many people and to make matters worse, this view is from a busy bridge. I thought it would be interesting to see how it was edited and simplified to become more manageable and paint-able!

Notice how the (point-and-shoot) camera always overexposes whites. The water certainly has some whites especially where it cascades down, but it wasn’t nearly as bleached out as in the picture.

I have added mist from the main falls which are located behind the dark trees on the right. I have also added a few bigger boulders as a foreground. The trees on the left side were given less attention as they don’t add much to the painting. I simplified the rocks so as not to over-model them and lastly, I added some dappled lights in the darker sections.

By painting sections this seemingly complicated scene can be painted effectively. Still, it is not an easy painting. I always look for the light and dark patterns and exaggerate them, that way I maintain a clear light path and order in my paintings. With flowing water, I try to pick up on its energy and make use of that as well.

This painting will be part of the first Annual Waterworks Exhibition at Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, May 1 to June 5. Please visit if you’re in the area! Click for more information.

Click to see this as an animation and more of my work on Instagram.

Now that winter’s over, it’s time for all-day plein air! My students have asked what equipment I use, so here it is for you: I use Daniel Smith pigments and Arches watercolor blocks. I paint with DaVinci Casaneo brushes using a Holbein Metal Palette 500. My portable/travel set-up includes the Sienna Plein Air Artist Pochade Box Easel, size Medium and the Sienna Tripod Easel. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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The 148th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society

Borrowed Freedom

Borrowed Freedom

I am very honored and happy that my painting “Borrowed Freedom, Yosemite”, was selected for this year’s Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society in New York City

The Exhibition will be held April 6-25, 2015 at the Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

The 147th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society

After the ride, web

I am honored and happy to report that my painting ‘After the ride’, was chosen for this year’s exhibition of the AWS in New York City. My work has made it into this show three times in three years, that means I am being voted into signature status this year! An incredible achievement as this is the most prestigious watercolor society in the United States. It is a tough show to make it in! I feel so fortunate!

Thank you for everyone who’s reading this blog, thank you for your support over the years! This is a big milestone for me.

103rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition

Prague, web SP sunset, web

Very honored to announce that two of my works were selected by the prestigious California Art Club for this year’s Annual Exhibition! Please come on out if you’re in the area! I am one of the very few watercolor artists with work in this show! Our medium can use all the support it can get! Thank you!

103rd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition
The Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
March 30 – April 20, 2014

The 2013 Exhibition of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America

Watercolor Artist Magazine Award

Watercolor Artist Magazine Award

Award

Award

with Chihiro Yabe

with Chihiro Yabe

I attended the opening reception in Kenosha,  Wisconsin last weekend. Before I say anything else, I’d like to state that everyone I met at TWSA was extremely nice and accommodating, making us artists feel very special! It was a real treat to be there and I am glad I went.

Kenosha lies on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, about half way between Milwaukee and Chicago. It was quite surprising to see what a beautiful setting it is! The Gallery is wonderful and the view from the reception area was spectacular! I highly recommend a visit to this part of the country!

Life as a professional artist is not an easy feat, so if our efforts get rewarded with awards and Signature membership, it feels very good and is incredible rewarding! Something that cannot be taken for granted, ever.

I’d like to thank Sheryl Fletcher Coon for inviting me and making this visit special. My thanks also goes to Catherine Nash, Gayle Mondie, Suzanne Hetzel, Vickie Kwasny and Lennox Wallace.  I was happy I met lots of fellow artists in person whom I know on social media. Needless to say, it’s not the same and you don’t know anyone until you actually meet them and look into their eyes. I am proud to say that Chihiro Yabe, Ona Kingdon, Marlin Rotach, Janie Freeman, Mary Jansen and Dick Green are all friends now. And it was great to see my dear friend Chris Beck again; thanks Chris and Jim for all your help and making our first visit to TWSA entertaining!

I was also thrilled to have met the wonderful Kelly Kane of Watercolor Artist magazine, who came right up to me and introduced herself. Thank you very much for this award!

Participation in current and upcoming shows

City views, web by frankeber 2012 horse handler near Los Olivos, by frankeber 2012After the ride the colors of rain, web

I am happy to say that my work has made it into the following societies Annual National/ International exhibitions:

The International Exhibition at the American Watercolor Society in New York City is about to start. http://www.americanwatercolorsociety.org/a_exhibitors.php?year=2013

I have submitted my work at the Louisiana Watercolor Society again, this is the second year in a row that I am part of the exhibition in this wonderful city
http://louisianawatercolorsociety.org/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/LWS43rd_Exhibitors__new_Signature_Members.70121029.pdf

I am especially proud to be part of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and I am planning on attending this year’s opening festivities as I will be a new signature member!
http://www.watercolors.org/

This exhibition is in the Pacific Northwest in Washington
http://www.nwws.org/dnn/Events/Exhibitions/AnnualInternationalOpenExhibition/tabid/101/Default.aspx

If you are residing in any of these areas, please come see these shows! These are all high profile shows where you can see the best work that watercolor has to offer! I am deeply humbled yet proud to be in the company of such highly established artists.

Torrance Art Museum show

Praque streets of, by frankeber 2011

These two images have been accepted into this year’s Torrance Art Museum show, called South Bay Focus.
It’s a group show of several participating local art groups. South Bay is the area between Los Angeles International and the Palos Verdes peninsula.

Streets of Prague is almost a devided painting. The warm colors are predominant in the upper part while the cooler colors rule the lower part. To connect those two major shapes, I put the car and the band of trees in the middle ground so as not to have a complete division by the light strip.

morning fog, by frankeber 2011

Morning fog was a bit of a lucky shot. I used granulating blues and they seem to work in this painting. It creates texture on the facades and street. The cars are barely there and very much blend into the scene. Overall, it is important to have  lost and found edges as well as hard edges in a watercolor. Not too many hard edges though!